The ancient Roman Goddess Fortuna has been a very well known and popular Goddess since at least 640 B.C.E. From Her ancient origins, She survived throughout the Common Era and into contemporary culture. The Goddess Herself is perhaps best known now by Her symbol: the Wheel of Fortune.
Many temples were dedicated to Goddess Fortuna in ancient times and she took on different roles depending on the type of assistance requested by the petitioner. These different roles are represented in names describing Her various aspects; many of these aspects are also included in the names of Her festivals.
The Roman festivals of the Goddess Fortuna, as they have been handed down through the ages, are shown on the Calendar page of this website.
In addition to Her festivals shown on the traditional Roman calendar, the Goddess Fortuna may have had numerous regional celebrations and She was greatly honored as a protective Goddess for cities throughout the ancient world .
The large standing Fortuna statue image is a Roman replica of Greek Statue of the Fourth Century CE, from the New Wing Chiaromonte Museum of the Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Italy. Photo credit: Sailko
The seated Fortuna figurine image is a Fortuna Statue for Worship in the Home. Photo credit: image in the public domain via Wikipedia
Many different roles of the Goddess Fortuna are found in ancient inscriptions and dedications throught the Roman Empire, which eventually expanded the city of Rome to encompass all of Italy, and many parts of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Britain.
Inscriptions to Fortuna Salutaris and Balnearis graced health-bringing baths. Fortuna-Venus embodies pure love, long-term relationships and marriage.
Fortuna Privata assisted and protected personal life in the home. The Goddess Fortuna, in any of Her aspects, may be petitioned privately, silently or discreetly when the need or desire to pray arrives naturally.
Her symbol, the wheel of fortune, inspired a long-running USA television game show of the same name. Fortuna's wheel, which was popularized during the Italian Renaissance in a card game called " trionfi ",was an inspiration within the mystical Tarot cards.
Fortuna's affiliation with divination goes back thousands of years, when Her lottery, held for women and newborn babies at the grandest temple complex to Fortuna at Palestrina Italy, was nearly as famous as the Greek oracle of Apollo at Delphi.
Aspects of Her divinity, from ancient times through contemporary interpretations, have been believed to bring many kinds of blessings.
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